Proper Body Mechanics Help to
Prevent Fatigue and Injury
Proper body mechanics allow your body to be
used in an efficient, deliberate, and safe way.
Learning to use good posture, balance, and the
largest and strongest muscles in your body will
allow you to work with your horse - without
stressing or causing fatigue to your own body.
After all, you don't want to help your horse feel
better in his body while making you feel worse in
With that introduction, I ask you to please take
some time to learn more about proper body
mechanics by reading the following pages:
Learning proper body mechanics takes time and practice. Do not be discouraged if it seems difficult at first.
Before long it will become second nature.
The biggest thing to remember is - if at any time you feel tense or uncomfortable, you need to change what you
It is not uncommon to get involved in helping your horse and not paying enough attention to your own body. I
caution you to not do this. You may not feel too bad at the time, but you might feel it later. Or, you may get a
repetitive strain problem down the road.
It is like what they say about giving yourself oxygen on the plane - first - before helping your child. If you don't
take care of yourself, you can't help someone else.
So, be sure to pay attention to your own body while working with your horse. Your body and your horse will
Information presented is for educational purposes only and is not intended
to replace professional opinions or recommendations.
Consult your veterinarian for advice about any medical condition or
treatment needed for your horse